Rushden & Higham United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds – Thursday 11th July

Chris Ruff Memorial Cup

Hayden Road, Rushden, Northants NN10 0HX

Kick Off 7:45pm

Thursday 11th July 2013

Rushden & Higham United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds


AFC Rushden & Diamonds kick off their pre-season campaign with a local fixture at Hayden Road, Rushden against Rushden & Higham United on Thursday evening (11th July KO 7:45pm). The two teams will compete for the Chris Ruff Memorial Cup, held in memory of the Lankies former Club Secretary.

Admission prices are £5 adults and £3 concessions.

Our Opponents

Rushden & Higham United FC was founded in 2007 with the merger of Higham Town FC and Rushden Rangers. Higham Town history goes back to 1875, but in 2007 they merged with Rushden Rangers, moving to Hayden Road and upgrading the ground for UCL level football.

The Lankies club website is here. They are currently managed by ex-R&DFC midfielder Aidy Mann, They play in Orange and Black. The Diamonds will be wearing their new third kit for this game.

Last season the two teams first met at Hayden Road at the start of October 2012, when a UCL Division One record crowd saw the Diamonds seal a 4-0 victory, as goals from Alfie Taylor and Joe Merrill gave the Diamonds a two-goal lead at the break, then a third from Jack Wisniewski followed by an own goal secured the win report here.

In the return game at the Dog & Duck in January an early Alfie Taylor goal gave the Diamonds a narrow victory – report here.


For directions to Hayden Road (NN10 0HX) from the Dog and Duck see here, or see here for a Google Streetview of the Hayden Road area.

Please park with consideration for local residents – there is free parking at the Newton Road Car Park (5 min walk) or Rectory Rd (8 min walk) – but you should check for any car park closing times.

In all cases please park sensibly and do not block any access or entrances.

Other Info

Details of the full pre-season campaign are here. A summary of the players who are already signed on for the 2013-14 season is here. Individual player profiles for the 2013-14 Diamonds squad are available here, with a summary list of player and management profiles to follow once the season proper begins.

For details of the history of AFC Rushden & Diamonds see here.

There are details on how to become a member of AFC R&D here, as well as news on Season Tickets, Multiple Game Tickets and related prices here. The player and match stats from last season are here.

A full directory of UCL clubs, including links to websites, ground details etc, along with club links including Twitter details and some general UCL links is here.